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Home LOGGING Milestone Austin @ 4 years old

Time flies, Austin is 4 plus! In a blink of an eye, the little toddler grows up to be a cheeky, talkative, bubbly, adorable preschooler! And, he asks tones of questions with endless why!!  
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The race of eating doughnut without hands…turned out to be kissing doughnut?

Physically speaking, still smaller in size if were to compare against his peers. Weight at 13.8 kg, stands at 94.5 cm, this boy is still taking 5-6 meals a day: breakfast, second breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner and supper. Phew..sounds elaborate eh?
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Statistically speaking, he falls into the range of 15th to 25th percentile according to WHO weight growth table. Height, unfortunately falls in the range of 3rd to 5th percentile. Comparatively with his peers, he is considered short in his class. I guess he has to jump, jump and more jumping!

For language and communication, Austin interacts mainly in English. He does speak simple Chinese with his peers and folks who doesn't speak English at play school. Making conversation with peers and adults, besides probing you with endless why. Keen to join or interfere or strike into his parent's conversation. Also actively listen to our conversation hence we have watch our gesture, speech and words.
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Reading progress is slowing down. He reads purely based on his interest. Recent indulgence included The Berenstain Bears Series - The Bike Lesson, Forget Their Manners, Learn About Strangers, The Beginning - Stories from Old Testament, Doctor Ted, The Little Blue Truck Leads The Way. And in the past 2 weeks, pretty engaged with this book 'Happy Birthday To You' by Dr. Seuss.
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Spending most of his leisure on writing and drawing - consistently cars/vehicles, houses, roads, highways, stick man sometimes. His cars usually carry some numbers, representing the people or his assigned agents. If you were to follow his progress,  remember he assigned everyone he knows with a number. A permanent one! He loves to put up stories in his drawings too. Indeed a blessing, we don't have pack much to leave home with him. A couple books, sketch pad, a box of stationery or color pencil. Unless there is something else that interest him, otherwise he can spend a long time scribbling and coloring. By the way, he can write full sentences with a bit of guidance to spell tough words. Next time if you don't know what to do with blank pages, please donate to Austin. I can promise that you'd not be disappointed on how quickly all these pages are filled up!!
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He was brave. We took him for blood test several months ago after an on-off fever in a row for almost a week, just to rule out whether bacteria, viral or dengue. He wasn't afraid of needle. Initially the technician was worried, he asked for an assistant to hold tight his arm while Austin was sitting on my lap and I grabbed firmly him by waist and chest. Daddy was the show stealer, he managed to draw Austin's attention, clowning through a few minutes while the guy poked and pulled out some blood. Impressive, not a single noise or cry apart from a few moment of straight face.
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Nappies? I could hardly recall the last time I was looking at a diaper. He had been going without, day and night more than 6 months ago.

Sleeping? In his room, by himself, on this on own bed! Like a flip of coin, he decided to go independence when he was exactly 4.0. Still nap in afternoon, at least for 30 minutes to get back his sanity.

Date, time, clock? Austin reads calendar, he can tell you exactly the date, when is his birthday, his mom's, his dad's, his best friend's birthday. He told us that on his birth date this year, he was 4.0. After that, he said he would be 4 plus! He knows day, weekends and school holidays. He can also read ruler, weighing scale, analog clock though not quite accurate when the short hand is closer to the next hour.
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He doesn't watch TV (except occasionally for Number Jacks. Yes, only Number Jacks fascinates him dearly) and he doesn't know how to play smart phone games. However, recently Austin would ask me to lend him my smart phone, so that he can check out the stopwatch feature. He is excited with the fast running number, placing his little finger to touch on 'Reset', 'Pause' and 'Lap' buttons.
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Playing? Very, very hard. He plays 24/7, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Life = Play.
One of his favorite toys is Lego Duplo, a builder most of time who turns to be driver when he takes charge of Plasma car (Yo-Yo car), or at times an artist when he decides to sketch some houses, trucks, cars and highways all in one page. By the day, he sketched a church then built it with lego as well!

In the past 2 quarters, this little boy had transformed tremendously when it comes to numbers and arithmetic. Addition for single digit is considered simple, double digits is not impossible and triple digits are very much come into play as well. I doubt my mom could tell me that I can do this far when I was 3 plus or 4 y.o.

Here was the test on tough maths question?
He asked me "Do you know what is 14+24+72+31+1+8?"
Then, he shouted "I know answer, 150!" before I even finished computing them into my calculator. We thought he could count so fast and accurate, the fact is he saw a bigger picture, understood association and he read well, so he got the answer from a cheat sheet.
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He would also ask questions like “What is forty five is half of?”. Then, what is 51 is half of? When I said "one hundred zero two", he laughed and probed, "Why are you saying 100 02?". Honestly, you have to be very alert speaking to this boy! He takes it literally and can debate with you.
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Antibiotics Record: To-date, two full course since he was born. Both were Augmentin. The recent was due to sinusitis, secondary bacteria attack after a two-week long viral-runny nose kind. Lesson learned is to always keep his nostril bags dried, so antihistamine would be handy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blessed Happy Birthday to Austin!!

 

 

 

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This card was originally made, dedicated to Austin’s class teacher. Thank you God for sending her to us :).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Growing up, certainly!!


 

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